The Simpsons Season 18 Episode 21: 24 Minutes

Ian Maxi tone Graham has always been one of my favorite Simpsons writers. He tends to write the best episode every season. Last year, he wrote the excellent Emmy award winning episode entitled The Seemingly Never Ending Story. This year, he won an Annie award for best writing in a television production for his work on the 24 Minutes script. He has certainly got a good track record.

The episode begins with Skinner setting up a Counter Truancy Unit to take down bullies Dolph, Kearney, and Jimbo who are trying to stink bomb the school. An episode full of hilarity ensues.

There were certainly a lot of great one liners in this episode. I especially enjoyed the scene where Homer and Millhouse are riding down the street in a dumpster and they see Chief Wiggum in his police car. To avoid being pulled over, Homer puts a banana peel on his head pretending to be a woman and flirts with chief Wiggum. In a high pitched voice he says, “Hello officer” to which Wiggum replies, “Evening ma’am. What is it about a woman in a dumpster?”

Another scene I thought was funny was when Marge is trying to make a cake and is horrified that they are out of raisins. According to Marge, “kids love the zing of raisins.”

There were a lot of clever bits in this show that made this a stellar episode. For example, Skinner getting Bart to trail the bullies around town to see what they are up to; Martin Prince, who turns out to be a mole in Martin’s Counter Truancy unit, gives himself a wedgie wracked with guilt over his betrayal; Homer and Millhouse riding the dumpster to the school bake sale; and Marge saving Bart from drowning in the room next to the bake sale by throwing a burnt cake at the window, were all ingenious moments that made this episode tremendously entertaining. For such a silly show, this episode had a remarkably complex plot.

However, there were a few problems I had with this episode. For example, 24 is very popular, so the writers must have realized that other shows would probably parody it to. While listening to the audio commentary of this episode, the commentators said that they did not send this episode in for Emmy consideration because South Park also did a 24 parody as well. Also, I could not help but notice that the opening of the episode was very similar to the third part of the movie Stewie the Untold Story based off the show Family Guy, where they open the movie with the 24 introduction to recap the events of the previous two movies. Whether or not the writers were aware of Family Guy’s 24 parody is anybody’s guess.

There was one line near the end of the episode that I took issue with where Homer meets Sarah Wiggum who has a big plate of Rice Krispy squares on the table and Homer says in a disgusted tone of voice: “rice Krispy squares? Way to phone it in Sarah Wiggum.” This line was too mean spirited for my taste and if this scene had been taken out altogether, it would not have done anything to detract from the main plot.

In general this was probably one of the strongest episodes of the season. Although not as emotional as previous episodes like the Haw Hawed Couple or Springfield Up, this was still a great show. 8.5/10

Simpsons Season 18 Episode 15: Rome Old and Julie Eh

 

This episode started off very well. I enjoyed Homer trying to declare for bankruptcy and trying to find ways to pay off his debt which leads to having to move Grandpa Simpsons in the Simpson home. However, the plot gets weird when Selma and Grandpa decide to start dating. For one thing Grandpa Simpson is twice Selma’s age, and another they are in-laws which makes their relationship creepy. What is even creepier is that Homer actually makes out with his Selma’s twin sister Patty to try and trick Grandpa into thinking that Selma is cheating on him. That is creepy on so many levels.

The side story was funny with Bart and Lisa building a box fort called Boxing ham palace and then a Lord of the Rings inspired fight scene ensues with the shipping company who want their boxes back. I actually thought if the whole episode had been about the Box fort, they could have taken more liberties with the plot and parody more scenes from Lord of the Rings. Also, there could have been more scenes with Patty and Homer trying to sabotage Grandpa and Selma’s relationship. In fact, I thought it would have been really intriguing if Homer and Patty actually bonded over their misgivings over Grandpa and Selma’s relationship. It would have been fascinating to see Homer and Patty actually getting along for once, and having them become friends. The Simpsons writers should seriously consider doing an episode that analyzes their relationship- as long as they do not end up falling in love and having another make-out session like they do in this episode.

In general, this episode was too random and unfocused. There were some amusing scenes, but this episode could have been a lot better. 6/10

Tesla Roadster Versus Bugatti Chiron

Hi everyone, I am back from a three month absence. Well, If anybody else reading this has watched the Tesla semi truck event like I did, then I bet you were just as excited as I was about the surprise reveal of the new Tesla Roadster. To be honest, I was totally blown away, I could hardly believe the specs. The new Tesla roadster is actually quicker then the Tesla P100D which does 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The Tesla Roadster does that time in a staggering 1.9 seconds making it the quickest accelerating production vehicle in history. Also, to unlock that acceleration you know longer have to put the vehicle in Ludicrous mode like they do on Spaceballs. Nope, now, Tesla has gone to Plaid.

Not only does the Roadster have great acceleration, but it also trumps the previous Tesla’s speed of 155 mph, hitting top speeds of 250 mph which is just as fast as a Ferrari. Not only that, but according to Elon Musk, the Tesla Roadster is the first electric vehicle in history to top 1000 kilometers on a charge which means you could drive all the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back on a charge. Pretty wild, huh?

Yes, but where does the Bugatti Chiron feature into any of this? Well, I read an article on the internet comparing the top speed of the Tesla Roadster with the top speed of the Bugatti Chiron trying to figure out which vehicle would last longer at this speed. Surprisingly, The Tesla Roadster a fully electric car would be able to last almost three times longer while going 250 mph then the gasoline powered Bugatti Chiron. Shocker I know, but there you have it. The Roadster would last 25 minutes at this speed, whereas the Bugatti Chiron would last only nine minutes at this speed. This fact puts to bed the myth that electric race cars cannot last as long as gasoline race cars. In fact, for the first time in history, an electric car can actually last longer on a charge then an internal combustion engine vehicle can on a full tank of gas. Who saw that one coming?

So, there you have it: those are the specs of the Tesla Roadster and it’s stunning performance. Gasoline cars eat your heart out because electric vehicles have just out classed you. Until next time, take care.

Wireless Charging

 

At this point I have talked on and on about electric vehicles, battery technology, and charging times. I have talked endlessly about the how fast some of the vehicles can go and the wicked quick acceleration times. However, this time I would like to discuss how energy efficient electric vehicles are compared to gasoline, and emerging new technologies that could make driving electric even more convenient for long distance trips. I would also like to explain how electric vehicles are more carbon friendly then their gasoline powered counterparts. I will also offer my own personal opinions about the future of fossil fuels, and my hopes for the future.

Recently, I came across a new type of technology that I did not know about before known as “wireless charging.” So, as I understand it, wireless charging is a method in which you transfer electricity wirelessly to moving objects without having to plug anything in. Yes, I know, that sounds like science fiction, but I read an article on the internet where a group of scientists were able to transfer electricity wirelessly to turn on a moving lightbulb. What is significant about this achievement is that if they were able to move enough electricity wirelessly to other moving objects say a car, then potentially they would be able to charge a vehicle while it was driving down the highway. Think about that: your vehicle would be able to charge while you are driving which would mean you may never have to get out of the car to re-charge (except of course for washroom breaks). How that would work is that there would be a series of coils embedded underneath the ground connected to an underground current which would transfer electricity to a coil on the underside of your vehicle. So, basically, the road itself would be electrified so that your vehicle could actually re-charge while it was driving. If there were enough electrified roads around the world then that would mean you could go on longer distance trips for basically free without having to pay any money on gas. Don’t hold your breaths however, because it will probably take a very long time before this technology becomes commercially available to the public.

Another thing that I think is intriguing about electric vehicle is “regenerative breaking.” Regenerative breaking is when electricity is transferred back to the battery every time you take your foot off the break pedal. Granted, only a very tiny bit of energy is recaptured after breaking, but if you are going on a longer distance trip in an electric car it would not hurt to use the regenerative breaking when you are driving. I also appreciate the energy efficiency of an electric vehicle because they are better at using energy to turn the tires when compared with a gasoline engine where most of the gas is wasted as heat. I feel that if we could find ways to make it so that cars can re-capture even more energy from regenerative breaking to gather more charge for the battery that would be ideal. However, that is only wistful thinking on my part.

Some people might think that switching over to electric would not have that great an impact on the environment and many people point out that manufacturing an electric vehicle actually pollutes the environment more so then a gasoline vehicle. Yes, this is true. Unfortunately, there is really no way to manufacture a vehicle without causing some damage to the environment. Also, because of the materials that they need to make the batteries, they would have dig into the earth for all those rare earth metals which also probably would not be good for the environment. Nevertheless, the overall carbon footprint of an electric vehicle is still less than a gasoline. With a gasoline vehicle, there is no way you can drive it without polluting the environment. However, with a battery, as long as you are living in an area of the world where the electricity is cleanly generated, in the long run, driving electric is still better for the environment then continuing to drive with fossil fuels. A switch to electric would be most ideal in countries like Canada and Norway because most of their electricity comes from hydropower. So, a switch to electric would not necessarily end our global warming blues, but it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

The world of electric vehicles has held my fascination for quite some time and will probably continue to keep my interest for a lot longer. I feel that it would be great if the whole world could be running on batteries. I know that a future without fossil fuels may seem outrageous to some, but I really think that there will be a time when we will no longer be using fossil fuels in our vehicles anymore. In fact, I read in the newspaper that in Norway in the month of June 2017 over 42 percent of all vehicle sales were electric- making them the leaders of renewable energy. Not to mention they also plan on banning the sales of petroleum oil vehicles by 2025, which would likely seem preposterous to people living in Canada. However, in Norway they have over seven thousand charging stations, and also became the fourth country in the world to have 100000 fully electric vehicles on the road which puts them ahead of Canada, where there are only approximately five thousand four hundred charging stations, and roughly thirty thousand electric vehicles on our roads which is strange especially considering that Canada is at least seven times more populous then Norway. I think the rest of the world could learn a lot from Norway’s example because I think there are a lot of people in the world who just assume that electric vehicles will never be practical for long distance trips- especially in colder weather. However, Norway’s winters can be just as cold as they are here in Canada, and yet they are far and away one of the more eco progressive countries in the world. If the whole world’s electricity were to come from renewable energy then I believe the ozone layer would be breathing in a huge sigh of relief.   I really hope that I live long enough to see more electric vehicles and you can bet that if there are anymore electric vehicles coming out in the not too distant future I will be among the first to blog about them. Until I blog again, take care.

My Ride In The Tesla P100d

Hello to one and all who actually take the time to read my blogs! I love each and every one of you. Well, not romantically. Anyway, that is beyond relevant. What is relevant however, is one important thing: I got to ride in a Tesla today! Anybody who knows my tastes knows that I was beyond excited to get a ride. The man who drove me Roy, was a very nice man and cleared up a lot of questions I had. For example, I asked him how far his car can go on a charge and he said that 400 kilometers of real world range is easily achievable in his car although if he drives carefully, can get up to 525 kilometers. He said that in Victoria Island where he lives he has his own 90 amp charger which can charge about 50 kilometers per hour. However, the Tesla supercharger can charge 500 kilometers per hour. Anyway, I do not have too much more to report about my ride just yet, but if I think of anything, I will let my adoring audience (what little adoring audience I have anyway) know. Thank you so much for reading. Take care.

Electric Production Vehicles 2

Hi, I am back with another exciting blog post about my favourite subject: electric vehicles! Once again, I have the solemn duty of trying to convince everyone in the world why driving electric does not have to be such a bad thing. In fact, I think electric vehicles are much more cool and futuristic then the no doubt by now dated internal combustion engine. Seriously, we have been driving gasoline vehicles for over hundred years and I think that is really boring. Come on people, do you not want something exciting and different? Do you not want to use your imaginations and envision a world without fossil fuels? I know I sure do, so come on read the rest of my blog and be amazed and excited at what the future of transport holds for us. In this blog, I am going to be talking about four different electric vehicles I think I really cool. Are you ready? Of course you are. Let’s go!

First off, let me tell you a little something about the Chrysler Portal. What, Chrysler is going to be releasing an electric vehicle? The answer is yes! The Chrysler Portal will be a fully electric Mini-van using a 100 kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery giving the vehicle over 250 miles of range on a charge. The great thing about this car is that using 350 kilowatt fast charging, you can get 150 miles of charge in less then twenty minutes. So, imagine yourself after driving 250 miles down the highway you are famished from all that driving and need something to eat. You go into a parking lot at Tim Hortons for example, plug into a 350 kilowatt fast charging station, and go in the restaurant and eat a donut while you wait for you car to charge. Then, you are ready to drive for another 150 miles. Talk about convenient charging!

The Mercedes EQ is an all electric SUV which will be using a 70 kwh battery giving the vehicle around 250 miles of range on a charge. The Mercedes EQ will be part of a long line-up of all electric SUV’s that will be going into production within the next five years following the heels of the Audi E-tron Quattro, and the Jaguar I-pace which will be released sometime next year 2018 complete with quick charging capabilities.

The Sion, which is a product of Sono Motors could very well be the very first production solar powered car. That is right, a car that only needs sunlight to drive. It will be a very spacious vehicle with room for six people with at least 155 miles of range thanks to it’s 30 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery. However, this is based on the European range cycle which tends to be more optimistic then the Environmental Protection Agency range cycle. For comparison, the Nissan Leaf also use a thirty kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery which has an EPA rated range of 107 miles on a charge. Nevertheless, the Sion is still unique being that it has solar panels built into it’s roof, and can re-charge at least thirty kilometers from sunlight alone. Not only that, but it also has a special kind of lichen Moss which is built into the dashboard of the car which works as an air infiltration system to cool down the cabin. Not only that, but the lichen moss also absorbs dust particles out of the air which literally cleans the environment as you are driving. Think about it, a car that actually cleans the environment while you drive as opposed to polluting it. When you drive the Sion, you never have to worry about polluting the environment ever again. Wow!

Last but not least, I want to end with discussing the Porsche Mission E. The Porsche Mission E will be a high performing electric car using a 90 kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery which can recharge 250 miles of it’s 310 mile range in less than fifteen minutes using an 800 volt charging station. Not only that, but it can also accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, which will really force you to hold onto the end of your seat. However, the Tesla P100d can accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds. Nevertheless, still an impressive feat.

Yes, these vehicles are further proof of the electric revolution that is already in motion. Look out oil industries, because renewable energy is on your doorstep threatening to put an end to the internal combustion engine. People, let us stop kidding ourselves, and living in denial of what is happening- no matter what, you cannot deny that the battery technology is improving and that electric cars are becoming much more popular. The days of going to your next door neighbor’s house and asking them if they have a spare jerry can of gasoline they are not using are numbered. Electric travel is the way of the future, and people had better get used to it. Until next time, thank you for reading, and putting up with electric vehicle obsession. Have a great day! Peace.

 

Production Electric Vehicles

Anybody who knows anything about electric vehicles is probably sick of hearing about Tesla. Oh, Tesla this and oh Tesla that, it is starting to get on people’s nerves by this point. Yet, what about other electric cars that are not in production yet? Are there any more electric vehicles on the horizon that will be in production soon? The answer is yes, there are several more electric vehicles just over the horizon that will really give Tesla a run for their money. I would like to talk about four new electric vehicles that will be in production by either 2018 or 2019: The Jaguar I-Pace, the E-tron Quattro, the Faraday Future ff91, and the Lucid Air.

The Jaguar I-Pace will be Jaguar’s first ever fully electric car which will be in production in 2018. The I-Pace, will be using a 90 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery which will give the vehicle 220 miles of range on a charge, and will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

The E-tron Quattro will be an all electric sports SUV which will be sure to give competition to the Tesla Model X which is currently the only fully electric SUV you can buy. The E-tron Quattro will be using a 95 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery which will make the vehicle go 311 miles on a charge or 500 kilometers, and accelerate from zero to sixty in 4.6 seconds.

The Faraday Future FF91 will be an all-electric car which will be using a 130 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery giving the vehicle over 378 miles of range on a charge. Oh, and it will be able to accelerate from 0 to sixty miles per hour in less than 2.5 seconds.

I have saved the best for last: The Lucid Air. Of all the electric cars I have reviewed, the Lucid Air is by far the one I have been most impressed by. Not only does it have insane acceleration like many electrics do, but is also has impressive speed, range, and also space. Since the vehicle runs on batteries instead of a gasoline engine, they can get away with making the interior of the vehicle much more spacious to offer maximum comfort. Also, it’s 130 kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery offers you thirty percent more range than Tesla’s top performing model with four hundred miles on a charge or 640 kilometers. Although the Tesla P100D holds the record for quickest accelerating production vehicle, it is limited to a top speed of 250 kilometers an hour. Not only can the Lucid Air accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, but it also has a top speed of 378 kilometers an hour which is faster than most gasoline cars! Although it is unlikely the production version will be able to go that fast, the well optioned models will still come with a 130 kilowatt hour battery option package which will give you four hundred miles of driving pleasure, and take forty five minutes for a full charge.

These electric vehicles will be hitting the market within the next year or two, proving that Tesla is not the only one who can make quality long range electric cars. Although there are still many people who feel electric vehicles will never be as practical to drive as their gasoline guzzling counterparts, I must strongly disagree. The energy density of the batteries is improving rapidly, more and more charging stations are beginning to appear all over the world from Canada to Norway, and in general many people are surprised at just how well these vehicles can perform. I am not the type of person who wants to try to force people to change their lifestyles in any way, but I think that it cannot be denied that electric cars are definitely beginning to make a comeback. Pretty soon, all of us will be driving electric vehicles and we will not think anything of it. Thank you so much to whoever reads these. I will be writing more as soon as I can think of them. Thanks for reading.

The Future Of Eviation

Sometime ago, I wrote a blog detailing some of the achievements that aviation engineers have made in building electric aircraft. What electric aircraft? Surely you mean remote control right? Nope, I mean full sized airplanes and helicopters that can fly passengers on sheer battery power instead of gas. That is pretty wild right? In my other blogs I have mentioned other attempts to make electric passenger planes like the E Thrust which is a hybrid electric concept which will be able to fly ninety passenger for six hundred miles, but that one will likely not see the light of day for several more decades. However, in this blog I intend to talk about two new electric aircraft that will be going into production much sooner then that starting with Eviation’s Alice plane, and The Ehang 184.

The future of aviation is electric. However, in the past, energy density has been a roadblock for electric aircraft. Most electric aircraft can only carry two passengers at the most and fly for an hour or so on a single charge. However, Eviation has built an all-electric plane they call “Alice” which will be using a 980 kwh Lithium Ion battery pack that weighs six hundred pounds, and will be able to fly six to nine passengers for six hundred miles on a single charge. Wow, talk about an electrifying ride! The Alice is still just a prototype for now, but the plan is to have the airplane enter into production in 2020, just three years from today. Apparently, the plane will also cost 2.5 million dollars, which will make flight a cheaper and more environmentally friendly experience.

Another flying electric technological wonder I would like to draw your attention to would be the man carrying drone the Ehang 184. What, a drone big enough to carry a person? You had better believe it. The Ehang 184 will be a full sized quadcopter that will provide urban transport for busy people on the go. What is intriguing about this drone is you can actually use your I-phone to type in the destination you want to go, and the Drone takes you there. You do not have to have any flight experience, because the flight is controlled and monitored by the control center making sure that the passenger’s flight experience is as safe as can be. The drone itself can carry a person weighing up to 220 pounds, can fly for twenty three minutes on a charge, and has a top speed of sixty two mph. Although drone travel seems like a faraway futuristic technology, nevertheless, apparently there have already been over hundred manned test flights that all went off without a hitch, proving the practicality of the invention. Not only that, but some of the very first passenger flights in Dubai are supposed to take place in July of this year. This means that Drone travel could be a reality in less than a month- that is, if you are fortunate enough to live in Dubai. Although excited bloggers such as myself cannot help but be envious of Dubai and wonder when this technology is coming to Canada, you cannot help but admit: this is pretty cool.

So, I have talked about two more technologies that proves that the future of electric travel whether in the air or on the ground is not just a mere pipedream- it is a reality. Look out oil industry, because the future of our transportation relies on battery power- and lots of it. Until next time, I must thank my gentle readers for taking the time to listen to me gush about these technological wonders. I hope you continue reading. Thank you.

Electric Semi Truck

When it comes to new inventions I often believe that people take technology for granted. We look around at all the technology we have like airplanes, helicopters, cars, television, and think to ourselves: Oh well, it is not such a big deal we have these things. Who cares right? However, on the other end of the spectrum, people often also doubt potential of future technological advancements that could help us progress as a society. Case in point, electric semi trucks. Now, I know what you are probably thinking: what? A full sized fully electric semi-truck? Get real! Wait, not so fast. Believe it or not there are at least two electric semi trucks in the works I would like to talk about: The Nikola truck, the Tesla Semi.

The Nikola truck is an electric truck that runs on a combination of hydrogen and batteries that will give the vehicle over twelve hundred miles of range tops. Now, the battery it uses is a 320 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery which is a much higher energy density battery then the top of the line electric sports vehicle the Tesla Model P100D, which is using a 100 kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery. With the Tesla’s 100 kilowatt battery, a drive of over three hundred miles under perfect weather conditions is feasible. So with three hundred kilowatts, nine hundred miles of range should be possible to, but since a semi truck would be pulling a lot of weight, the battery mileage would be more like three hundred miles. However, the Nikola will be running on a backup system of hydrogen gas which will add more mileage. What is very intriguing about this project is that not only is it emissions free, but it will also be able to perform better than a typical truck that runs on diesel. Not only will it have over a thousand horsepower and over two thousand pounds of torque, but it will also have better acceleration, more mileage, and cost less to operate then a typical truck that runs on diesel. So quite possibly for the first time in history, a truck that runs on hundred percent renewable energy actually performs better than fossil fuels! Take that non-renewable resources!

The Tesla Semi on the other hand, will be completely electric. Although the Tesla Semi will not be using a back-up hydrogen system like the Nikola truck, they will likely be using a 350 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery similar to Nikola’s battery pack. Although it will not have as much range, there will apparently be a battery swapping infrastructure put in place so that ever three hundred miles, the truck would stop to have it’s dead battery replaced with a fully charged on which would only take a few minutes. Although most trucks can do over eight hundred miles on a full tank of diesel, which is more then twice the range of  the Tesla semi truck nonetheless,  switching over to battery powered trucks would save a lot of money on diesel which makes the prospect of further advancing the technology a worthwhile pursuit for future technological developments.

Another electric semi in the works is the Mitsubishi and Daimler E Fuso One. The E Fuso one will be using a 300 kilowatt hour lithium Ion battery pack similar to the previous semi trucks which according to the company will allow the semi to travel 217 miles carrying over 22000 pounds. Although the E Fuso One will not get as much range as a regular semi, as the costs of the batteries continue to come down, eventually they will be able to afford to use even bigger batteries which will dramatically increase the range and overall payload carrying capacity of the semi. Within the next ten years it is very likely that we will have at least one electric semi on the roads that can manage 1000 kilometers on a charge and carry up to eighty thousand pounds.

For anybody who is kind enough to take a look at my blogs, it is my solemn duty to continue to bring to you new information about how batteries are slowly but surely taking over as the most popular energy source is the transportation industry. Until next time, thank you for reading.

Flying Car Mania

Flying cars. For over a hundred years the idea seemed preposterous. Not because the aerodynamics are too difficult to figure out, but they are simply not practical. For one thing in order to own a flying car you would need a pilot’s license to fly it. Also you would need a runway to fly and short of building an airport in your backyard, well, the idea just seems ridiculous. That is of course, until now. Yes, there are at least four street legal flying cars that are currently on the roads. I am going to be talking about four of them: The Terrafugia Transition, the Flying Maverick, the PAL V1, and the Aeromobile 3.0.
The Terrafugia Transition is a light sport roadable aircraft with retractable wings. It has a ground speed of 110 km/h, and a flight speed of 172 km/h. Up until now, there has never been a flying car that has ever been mass produced on a global scale, the Terrafugia Transition which first flew on March 5 2009 already has over hundred reservations. Once the deliveries have been made, it will be the first flying car in history to ever acquire production status. Not only that, but it also runs on premium grade unleaded gasoline. That’s right- if you want to fly this car, all you have to do is go to your nearest gas station and fill her up then drive to the airport and take to the skies.
Another variant of the Terrafugia Transition would be the Terrafugia TFX which is a plugin electric hybrid flying car that can use either gasoline or electricity to fly. Although the prototype for this flying car has not yet been completed, here is everything I know about this vehicle. It will have about five hundred miles of flight time and has a cruising speed of over 200 mph. Since the Terrafugia TFX has vertical lifting takeoff capabilities, you do not even need to worry about going to the airport to fly- you can take-off right from your own driveway or a nearby parking lot. Talk about convenience! Also, to drive this vehicle only requires a standard driver’s license, so even if you cannot fly it yourself, if you know someone who has pilot training, you can call them over and take to the skies never again having to worry about traffic congestion.
The Flying Maverick is like a flying dune buggy with a big propeller built into the back to provide thrust, and a big parachute attatched to the top of the vehicle to provide lift. Unlike a regular airplane, you can keep this vehicle in your garage and drive it right to the airport. Once you get there, you attach the parachute, hop in your car, and once your vehicle hits 30 mph, it will lift up into the sky and your off to the races. The great thing about the Maverick is that you do not even need a pilot’s license to fly it. So, if you have ever wanted a flying car and you have over 94000 thousand dollars to spend, the Flying Maverick is the one for you.
The Aeormobile 3.0 is a sleek and elegant looking car with retractable wings, and flight speed of over 200 km/h. Like the Terrafugia Transition you can fill it up at your local gas station and drive over to the airport and take-off just like an airplane. Although it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy brand new, the technology to just hop in your car and fly whenever you want has finally arrived.
The PAL V1 is a very intriguing vehicle- it rides on the ground like a motorcycle and like the Terrafugia TFX, can lift up into the sky like a helicopter. It first flew in 2012, and has a top speed of 180 km/h. If you have ever dreamed of owning a flying motorcycle then the Terrafugia TFX is probably the vehicle of your dreams.
Well, that raps up another outing of exciting new technology. Although flying cars have always seemed like Science Fiction in the past, Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the world’s first mass produced helicopter once said: “If one person can dream it up, another person can make it a reality.” With these four flying vehicles, truer words have never been spoken. So until next time, thank you for reading.